GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EXTERNAL MODERATION by gyvwpsjkko

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									   UNIVERSITEIT VAN DIE VRYSTAAT/UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE
                              BELEID/POLICY
Dokumentnommer/Document
number
Dokumentnaam/Document name/       Riglyne vir die implementering van eksterne
                                  moderering/Guidelines for the
                                  implementation of external moderation
Koördinerende UBD-lid/Co-         Viserektor: Onderrig en Leer/Vice-Rector:
ordinating Exco member            Teaching and Learning
Kontak/Contact                    Gehalteversekeringsbestuurder/Quality
                                  Assurance Manager
Status/Status                     Goedgekeur deur die Senaat/Approved by
                                  the Senate
Goedgekeur deur/Approved by       Portefeuljekomitee: Onderwys en
                                  Navorsing/Portfolio Committee: Education
                                  and Research
Datum goedgekeur/Date approved    22 Augustus 2006/22 August 2006
Laaste datum aangepas/Date last   10 November 2009/10 November 2009
amended
Datum vir volgende                22 August 2011
hersiening/Date for next review
Verwante beleide en dokumente:    Related policies and documents:
              GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
                      EXTERNAL MODERATION


At its meeting of 22 May 2006 the Portfolio Committee: Education and Research
recommended the following to the Executive Management for approval:

1.      Introduction

The Quality Assurance Policy approved by the Senate on 21 February 2006 and by
Council on 24 March 2006, provides as follows (numbering was retained as in the policy
document):


 5.1.5 External moderation

 •    All examination scripts of exit-level modules must be moderated externally.
 •    At least a representative sample of 10% of the scripts (with a minimum of 10
      scripts or all of them should the total be less than 10) of the final assessment of
      exit-level modules (highest-level modules) in the final year of a qualification
      must be moderated externally.
 •    Arrangements for the internal and external moderation are the responsibility of the
      faculties and can be phased in, taking the limitations regarding resources and
      administrative systems, among others, the examination system, into account.


 5.1.6 External assessment of all scripts, master’s dissertations and doctor’s theses,
       including the articles in the article options, must be done according to the General
       Regulations for Advanced and Postgraduate Qualifications, Regulations A91 &
       A130 – A131.


 5.1.7 The execution of and arrangement for the above-mentioned processes occur
        according to institutional guidelines for teaching/learning, assessment,
        postgraduate teaching and supervision.


     In order to give effect to the above-mentioned policy, the following guidelines for
     implementation are proposed:

     1. The provision that all examination scripts of exit-level modules for both
        examination sessions in both semesters must be moderated externally also
        applies to all undergraduate programmes, honours programmes as well as the
        examination scripts of structured master’s degrees. This moderation must take
        place long enough before the examination session that any changes
        recommended by the external moderators can be made.
     2. The provision that a representative sample of 10% of examination scripts of the
        final assessment of exit-level modules must be moderated externally will be
        phased in as follows:
   2.1 For every programme or qualification exit-level modules (old ‘major subjects’)
       will be identified by the Programme Director
   2.2 This will include all undergraduate qualifications, honours programmes and
       examination scripts of structured master’s degrees.
   2.3 At least one third of the exit-level modules per programme will be moderated
       externally per year, so that all exit-level modules will be moderated externally
       within a cycle of three years.
   2.4 Programme Directors can implement this provision during the June/July
       examination opportunity already, but it must be implemented during the
       November/December examination opportunity and, after this, at every
       examination opportunity.
   2.5 The above-mentioned provision will only apply to one of the two
       examination opportunities per semester, preferably the opportunity (usually
       the first one) at which the most students sit for the examination.
   2.6 External moderation will not be used during the first cycle of three years to
       make an adjustment to students’ marks, but to improve the general quality of
       assessment practices (drawing up of examination scripts, memoranda,
       marking of examination scripts and awarding of marks).
   2.7 Arrangements for the identification and contracting of external moderators
       and assessors will be the responsibility of the programme director or head of
       the department.
   2.8 The arrangements for the identification and contracting of external
       moderators and assessors rest with Student Academic Services. Additional
       capacity will be created in the division for this purpose.
   2.9 Dispatch costs related to external assessment and moderation will be funded
       centrally and will not be for the account of departments/faculties.

3. All master’s scripts and dissertations and doctoral theses (including articles
   within the article option) must be assessed externally, as stipulated by the
   General Regulations for Advanced and Postgraduate Qualifications (Regulations
   A91 and A130 – 131).

								
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